Enrollment, Persistence, and Graduation

Student Enrollment

AIR calculates official registered enrollment for each semester/term in the academic year. Enrollment data for 2015-16 can be found at the links below, including full-time/part-time status, year in school (calculated by completed credits), gender, and total student FTE. Also available for viewing are the fall semester enrollments for all Iowa and Minnesota colleges and universities.

  • Fall 2015, Jterm 2016, Spring 2016, Summer I 2016, Summer II 2016
  • Fall Enrollment Comparison 2011-2015 (including the above criteria as well as race/ethnicity, first-year and transfer cohorts, and ACT/SAT means)
  • Iowa and Minnesota College/University Enrollments Fall 2015

Student Persistence

A "first-year cohort" is defined as all full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students entering the institution during the fall term. Luther, like all institutions, uses the first-year cohort student count as the basis for calculating persistence and graduation rates reported to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Graduation Rates

The HEA (Higher Education Act) added a provision requiring that the completion of graduation rates must be disaggregated by:

  1. Gender
  2. Major racial and ethnic subgroup (as defined in IPEDS)
  3. Recipients of a Federal Pell Grant
  4. Recipients of a Subsidized Stafford Loan who did not receive a Pell Grant and
  5. Students who did not receive either a Pell Grant or a Subsidized Stafford Loan

Follow the links below to these data tables.


The Office of Assessment and Institutional Research has taken care since 2000 to preserve the school's data in an accessible way that enables continuous tracking of enrollment information. This archive contains links similar to those above dating back to 2003-04. Feel free to explore the past.

Enrollment Summary Report

Looking for general enrollment data by term from the last 10 years? Find it all right here.
Enrollment Summary Report